Month: September 2013

Wicker is a woven fibre formed into a rigid material which is usually used for furniture or baskets. At Desser, we offer a lot of different wicker furniture but nothing like which we will be showcasing in this blog. We will look at the weird and wonderful wicker workings across the world.

1. Wicker Moose

This looks like it is not made out of traditional wicker materials. It is a great piece of art, if that’s what you call a six foot moose made out of wicker.

 

2. A large wicker spoon

This is perfect for eating cereal if you’re a giant or have a really big mouth! Either way, when you shrink down to a ‘normal person size’ it is highly comical.

3. Wicker hanging bedroom

The hanging bedroom is not one of the more comical uses for wicker but it is one of the most relaxing. It is a really great idea and one of the coolest practical uses of wicker.

 

4. Wicker Car

Now forget about those cool new alloy wheel trims or the elaborate stitching on the seats of your new car. Wicker wheel trims, wicker ‘paint’ and a wicker interior is what this motorist went for. It definitely looks…interesting and unique.

5. Wicker Motorcycle

The wicker motorbike is a lot cooler than the wicker car, as it has not been made to still run, it has been made to look good. And it does a great job at that. The wheels are amazing, the attention to detail on the interior and workings of the bike is even better. This is the best thing that has been made out of wicker. Apart from maybe some of our products.

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Have you found anything that could be added to this list? Or, even better, something that beats the wicker motorcycle? Tell us in the comments below! Include a picture and we might just add it to the blog.  

A new way of creating human bone replacements could be just a few years away. desser

Rattan wood has been found to be almost identical to human bone tissue by scientists in Italy. At the Istec laboratory of bio-ceramics in Faenza near Bologna, where a herd of sheep have already been implanted with rattan bones.

To start to create these artificial bones you cut down a long tubular rattan wood piece so that it is in manageable pieces which is then chopped down to even smaller chunks so that they are ready for their complex chemical transformation.

In simple, non-scientific terms, the pieces of wood are heated in a furnace and then have carbon and calcium added. It is then heated again under intense pressure in another oven-like furnace where a phosphate solution is added. This whole process from start to finish will take approximately 10 days.

The team of scientists is lead by Dr Anna Tampieri who comments on the findings: “It’s proving very promising. This new bone material is strong, so it can take heavy loads that bodies will put on it. It is also durable, so, unlike existing bone substitutes, it won’t need replacing.”

Within months, the real and artificial bone will have fused. Several types of wood were tested before rattan. Of which rattan was the best. This is due to its structure and porous properties which would enable blood, nerves and other internal liquids to pass through it.

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Dr Tampieri says it is the closest scientists have ever come to replicating the human bone because ‘it eventually fuses with the real bone, so in time, you don’t even see the join.’ The new bone is being closely studied at the Bologna University hospital.

In the sheep that have already had this surgery, particles of their bones are already migrating to the bone made from rattan. This could be a huge breakthrough for people who have had major trauma accidents or cancer as current alternatives can be weak and do not fuse with the existing bone. The new rattan bones could be a major step forward.

There have been no signs of rejection or infection in the sheep so natural, cheap, effective implants in humans could be just five years away thanks to rattan wood.

Desser Cushion Division

Desser, the Manchester-based conservatory furniture specialist, has expanded operations with the launch of its cushion division, creating ten new roles.

The family owned business has invested £40,000 in establishing the department, which means it can now manufacture cushions for its extensive range of quality, handcrafted conservatory furniture and create tailored designs for its customers.

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It’s the first time in the company’s 94-year history that cushion production has taken place on-site. The decision was made after the existing supplier, Platt & Hill Ltd, who Desser has worked with for over 30 years, made the decision to concentrate on its core business, fillings for cushions. The Oldham-based manufacturer will continue to supply Desser with raw material fillings.

Mark Stewart, sales director at Desser, said: “We’ve enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Platt & Hill but when they informed us that they were ending production of cushions, and no longer able to supply us, we saw it as an opportunity to establish our own, on-site manufacturing division.

“By establishing the division, we’re demonstrating our commitment to securing jobs and investing in the local economy. Once we’re fully up and running we’ll not only be able to manufacture 300 units per day, but create tailored designs for our customers across the country and for consumers who visits our factory store.”

The expansion follows the launch of Desser’s factory shop, which opened at the end of 2012 to give customers in the Greater Manchester Area the opportunity to view the complete range and purchase straight from the business. Cushion Division 3

In this short infographic, we showcase some of our favourite rattan and wicker furniture designs.

At Desser, we offer a huge range of rattan and wicker furniture pieces. We’re also a family-run cane furniture specialist, proud of our history, and are always happy to share the story behind our business.

Take a look at this infographic to find out more about our favourite rattan and wicker furniture designs:

 

Wicker and rattan furniture have always been firm favourites in the UK, and whether you want to buy wicker garden furniture or would rather have a piece for your conservatory, it can be ideal. Almost every single country out there has a prospering industry in furniture trading, and wicker furniture takes up a large percentage of it – 31 per cent, in fact. If you’ve ever wondered exactly which countries are leading the tables in terms of furniture trading, the graph below will give you a much better idea. As you can see, and would probably expect, the USA is the leader, followed by Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan and Canada. Let us know if you thought the results would be different! top6mostimportantfurnituretradingnations

Making sure your wicker and rattan furniture stays in the best condition possible can seem like a difficult task, but it really needn’t be. With just a little bit of care and attention, you can make sure that your furnishings remain good as new. In the infographic below, you’ll find some of the best tips for ensuring your wicker chairs and sofas stay looking brand new for a good long time. You don’t really even need to carry out that many maintenance tasks to enjoy amazing wicker furniture, just follow these four simple steps. 4 tips on how to store wicker furniture INFOGRAPHIC

If you have rattan furniture and you’re trying to think of new ways to make it look amazing, you should try accessorising it desser1 You can easily give your rattan furnishings a complete makeover to give them a new lease of life, which is ideal if you’re feeling a little bored of your rattan suite recently. Here are three great tips for accessorising your rattan and wicker furniture, whether you have a sofa, an armchair or any other kind: 1) Utilise throws A good throw is a simple answer to a common problem – if you’re bored of your sofa and you want spruce it up a little, adding a throw into the mix can give it a new lease of life. There are lots of trends and styles for interior design that you can follow at the moment as well, from stripes to florals and everything in between. If you’re feeling especially creative, you could even make your own throw! 2) Make use of pillows Some pillows scattered about your living room or conservatory can really bring a sofa suite to life, as well as providing you with some extra comfort. Try choosing pillows of different sizes to juxtapose them against each other, and make the most of colour with bright cushion covers. 3) Use different cushion covers If you already have cushions on your sofa or armchair, consider buying some new covers for them to really spruce them up. You can make these yourself or buy them from lots of different stores, and they’re sure to help to bring your furniture up to date. Do you think you’ll try out any of these ideas? Let us know if you have any other tips you think we should add to our list!

If you want to become more environmentally and ethically sound in everything you do, there are lots of great things that you can do.

Should you be looking for a few ideas, check these out:

1) Start recycling

If you don’t already recycle, now’s the time to start! You can easily get started with recycling by contacting your local authority to find out if there are any regular recycling bin collections in your area. If this is the case, you’ll most likely be able to recycle cardboard, paper, metal, glass and garden waste.

2) Make your transport green

Whether you choose to start riding your bike to work, or you go all-in for an electric car, there are lots of ways you can make your transport greener. Not only will this mean that you’re saving the planet, but it’s likely to save you quite a lot of money as well!

3) Go for rattan

Rattan furniture might seem like a slightly odd choice for your furnishings, especially since most people think it must be bad if it’s using natural resources, but it’s actually a very ethical product. Because rattan is a vine that grows between existing trees, it actually helps to sustain forests that could otherwise be set for deforestation. Also, rattan is grown and harvested by farmers who, without this job, would be out of work.

4) Think about your clothing choices

As you’ll be aware, the recent collapse of the clothing factory in Bangladesh highlighted the fact that many of the clothes we enjoy wearing in the West have been created by sweatshop workers. These people work in terrible conditions, so our clothes aren’t always exactly ethical.

5) Grow your own food

If you really want to do your bit for the environment and be as ethically sound as possible, you should definitely have a go at growing your own food. You can grow fruits and vegetables without much experience – you don’t need to be an expert gardener! There’s nothing better than the taste of home-grown food either, and the kids are sure to love helping out!

Can you think of any other great ways that you can become more ethically and environmentally sound?